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Ashley Suszczynski
Cannot combine/ create emitters
on Jan 12, 2015 at 6:08:47 pm

I am so incredibly frustrated because I am probably missing something so simple, but have tried figuring this out for hours, read other forum instructions ,and still have had no luck. All I am trying to do is combine pre-existing emitters. I am trying multiple ways. I've tried opening the emitter up on the manager and looking at the emitter properties - I want to just be able to drag one particle from one emitter, and add it to the particles / properties of another emitter, thus combining the effects. Apparently you can't copy or paste particles across emitters?? When I try to right click a particle, all of the properties are greyed out. When I try to drag the particle into another emitter, that doesn't work.

The only thing It looks like I am allowed to do is add a new particle to an existing emitter, and go back and forth trying to replicate the particle I want, which would take forever. Why can't I just copy and paste???

This is extremely frustrating.

The other thing I've tried to do is create the effect I want by adding multiple emitters to the stage, thus creating a particle I like by having multiple emitters in a layer...but the only way to save this new emitter is as a project file (.ip3) ..i can then do nothing with this file because it isn't a library file (.il3) so I can't use it as an emitter in particle view...

please someone help - if someone could be as kind to create a video for me I'd be forever grateful, as at this point I don't know what else to do.


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Alan Lorence
Re: Cannot combine/ create emitters
on Jan 13, 2015 at 4:26:28 pm

Ashley -- are you on Windows or Mac? On Mac there isn't a way to drag particle types from one emitter to another, but I thought that it was possible in the Windows version. It would only be in the Library Manager if I remember correctly.

The reason I don't know for certain is that this is not a very useful feature, so I never use it. The reason is that the emitter properties values scale the particle type property values, so dragging a ptype to a new emitter may give you drastically different results (those particles may look completely different in the new emitter).

Here's an example. Say Emitter 1 had a "size" value of 500%, and Emitter 2 had a "size" value of 10%. Dragging a particle type from Emitter 2 to Emitter 1 would result in the particles being 50x larger in the new emitter. Same goes for velocity, life, visibility, tint, etc.

I can't think of a workaround for this, although in some limited cases you can use "Make Super Emitter" and "Add to Super Emitter" to combine emitters.

Alan.

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Ashley Suszczynski
Re: Cannot combine/ create emitters
on Jan 14, 2015 at 5:31:37 am

Thank you for the reply Alan, this does make sense. If I get a result that I like on the stage (as a project file) is there any way to change the project file to a library file for use with particle view?, or take these multiple layers on the stage and combine them into one emitter?


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Ashley Suszczynski
Re: Cannot combine/ create emitters
on Jan 15, 2015 at 6:08:09 am

Alan-

For example, I have two emitters on the stage together, and when played- this is how I like the two separate emitters to look together. Is there any way to save this combination as a single emitter???



Or must I render them into a movie, then having no live control over them together in particle view??


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